Amend Pocso Act; give no bail to rapists: Karnataka minister

MANGALURU: Minister for food, civil supplies and consumer affairs has urged the central government to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Condemning the , Khader said there is need for bringing amendments to the so that it will prevent the recurrence of such instances.

“The incident has brought disgrace to the entire country. I urge the central government to amend the Pocso Act so that no accused gets bail in case of heinous crimes against children. The act should make the life sentence a minimum punishment for such crimes against children, and the death penalty should be the maximum punishment,” Khader said.

“The kin of victims in crimes against children have the option to avail the services of private advocates. The government should relax procedures to make this process simple. All such cases should be heard in fast track courts to ensure speedy justice to victims, and sufficient protection needs to be given to the kin of victims,” Khader urged.

Talking about the law and order situation in the nation, Khader said, “As per the National Crime Record Bureau, Karnataka stands in ninth place while the crime rate in other BJP ruled states is high.”

On his campaign for the elections, Khader said, “I am not contesting to defeat my opponents. My contest is only to win.”

He said a malicious campaign in which many lies are being told is being carried out by other political parties in his constituency to defeat him. “It is a fight between truth and lies being spread by other political parties. I have never asked the caste and religion of people who sought my help. Dakshina Kannada is not Uttar Pradesh. They cannot spread lies and win the election,” Khader said.

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